Care and treatment of eating disorders national specification (Scotland) - consultation response

In February 2024, we responded to the Scottish Government's consultation on the proposed national specification for the care and treatment of eating disorders. Below is a short summary, with our full response available in the downloads section.

Our response

The key proposal of this consultation is to support equal access to and experience and outcomes of eating disorder services. We agreed with the key focus of the proposal and provided feedback on the outcomes that would affect children and young people in Scotland. We raised concerns from our members, who have noted increased numbers of patients presenting with eating disorders, restrictive eating and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) since the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Our recommendations

  • We supported a multi-disciplinary approach to eating disorder services, highlighting the key roles that various professionals can play to support children and young people. 
  • We called for improved community-based services with a focus on early intervention. 
  • We asked for further detail on what an all age eating disorder service would entail and how this would support children and young people, taking into account that care will differ depending on stage of life. 
  • We recommend a well-funded, simpler and faster referral service, including self-referral, as a mean to shorten waiting lists. 

We respond to a wide range of consultations to ensure that the College’s position, and ultimately children’s health, is represented. Members can get involved in current consultations by contacting us at: enquiries-scotland@rcpch.ac.uk